10 Questions with Anna Federline of Charm City Quills

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Though quilling has been around for many years, I had never heard of it until I met Anna Federline through a friend and started following her Instagram account. Under the moniker Charm City Quills, Anna uses tiny strips of paper to create intricate and beautiful designs. I was immediately struck by the uniqueness of each piece she crafted, as well…

10 Questions with Janna Hart Black of Kinfolk Collective

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Founded by Janna Hart Black, Kinfolk Collective is a New Orleans-based small business offering fun socks in unique designs with a generous twist: for each pair you purchase, Kinfolk donates a pair to a local shelter or person in need. I love the concept and how something so small can make such a huge difference in making a person healthier…

10 Questions with Kathleen Currie of Smoke Perfume

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Kathleen Currie is the creator of Smoke Perfume, a New Orleans-based company offering natural products like body oils, salt and sugar scrubs, candles, and perfume. I love the products and clever packaging, and the scrubs are the perfect gift for anyone. Kathleen is a massage therapist by trade, studied holistic health in college, and runs one of my favorite Instagram…

Midori Tajiri-Byrd: You Have To Want To Be Happy

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  I was lucky enough to meet Midori Tajiri-Byrd when we were both members of a dance troupe in 2012. Seeing that she was a goal-oriented Asian woman, I sort of felt an instant kinship with her and we stayed in touch as she left the troupe and moved on, becoming involved in many krewes, freelance endeavors, and the world…

Karen Wallace: If You Want It, Go Get It!

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I’ve known Karen Wallace for quite some time, but I was especially intrigued when I saw she was hosting a recent event for The New Movement – partly because improv absolutely terrifies me, but also because even though Karen has pursued many different creative avenues since I’ve known her, it somehow all makes sense. She was part of Jean-Eric, a…

Morgan Dixon: “I’m Only Getting Started”

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Morgan Dixon, founder of M.A.D. Nails, is an effervescent ball of energy and personality. In just over half a year, she’s created quite a local buzz around her brand. First working out of Fifi Mahony’s in the French Quarter and now operating on a freelance basis, Morgan offers private appointments, pop-up collaborations, and custom press-on nail sets. She’s an incredibly…

Katie Barroso: “You Can’t Give Up Now”

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  Continuing on with the Workflow series, this week’s interview features Katie Barroso. Originally from northern California, Katie moved to New Orleans in 2010 to pursue a degree in Latin American studies. She planned to become a college professor but ended up abandoning her studies to pursue a tattoo apprenticeship, which she recently completed. I met Katie a few years ago…

Gabriel Flores: The Art of the Side Hustle

"We call that mailbox money: making money when you're not working.  That's the essence of a side hustle."  // Photo: Diwang Valdez

I’m excited to launch a new series, Workflow Wednesdays, which will focus on advice from business owners, hustlers, and people who refuse to give up on their dreams. The series kicks off with an interview with Gabriel Alexander Flores, a New Orleans-based artist, graphic designer, and business owner. I was inspired to learn that Gabe spoke at a local library to…